[FFmpeg-devel] GPL version matter

Reimar Döffinger Reimar.Doeffinger
Sun Jul 1 00:48:43 CEST 2007

On Sat, Jun 30, 2007 at 10:53:20PM +0200, Michael Niedermayer wrote:
> On Sat, Jun 30, 2007 at 10:19:12PM +0200, Christophe GISQUET wrote:
> > Michael Niedermayer a ?crit :
> > > theres something you miss here, and that is the following part of the LGPL
> > > 2.1:
> > 
> > Indeed I missed it, thinking 2.1 was a matter of phraseology. I
> > generally don't make my choices on absolute confidence in a sunny
> > future, or more tersely, that I will like any GPL versions coming out
> > any day.
> > 
> > > so even without the "(at your option) any later version."
> > > anyone can take your LGPL 2.1 code and change it to GPL 12.3.4
> > 
> > Then let my obvious question after that obvious correction be:
> > Are contributions under the strictly version 2 GPL accepted?
> yes, as long as its in seperate new file(s), under proper CONFIG_GPL2 and
> you first submit some patch to configure which does actually contain
> the needed CONFIG_GPL* setup code and this patch does get accepted by
> mans or diego
> (note, the changes to configure must be under LGPL of course)

I am not at all happy about fracturing ffmpeg even further down into
different license versions. With that there are then already 4 different
ffmpeg variants from a license standpoint... At least some arguments why
this is important enough to start down this messy road might be
appropriate, in my view it is "only" optimization after all (though that
is on the other hand a reason why I don't mind more "restrictive"
licenses in general here, it is just having yet something else).

Reimar D?ffinger

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